The Victim (1980)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2009-06-21
Summary: One of Sammo's best...
Sammo Hung's "The Victim" falls into the era of Sammo's best work, but is rarely mentioned as among his top films. Anyone overlooking The Victim is missing a real gem. Although there are a few bits of comedy, the story is generally very dark and ominous, with some really nasty characters and shocking twists. Obviously the real draw here is the amazing duo of Leung Kar-yan and Sammo appearing together. Their kung fu is crisp and the choreography by the star-studded foursome of Hung, Yuen Biao, Lam Ching-Ying and Billy Chan is top notch. Although not quite as smooth and inventive as a Yuen clan production, it is still incredible. Sammo has an excellent initial duel with a 3-section staff vs under-appreciated Yuen Miu using a Kwan Do. Later, Hung's fights with Leung are very well done and smooth. There is even a part that is reminiscent of 8 Diagram Pole Fighter where Leung fights with his wife (Fanny Wang) riding piggy back. As with 8 Diagram, a very impressive short sequence of leg stamina. Wilson Tong also makes a memorable but albeit short appearance near the end and a single fight against Leung. I would have liked to see him have a fleshed out role in the film, even if its just to get him involved in some more action. The final fight is incredibly hard-hitting but slightly undercranked. The small issue does nothing to detract from the overall quality of the film, which easily ranks in the upper echelon of Sammo Hung productions.

Reviewer Score: 8